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Dombo, Eileen A.; Sabatino, Christine Anlauf – American Educator, 2019
Exposure to traumatic events in childhood and adolescence can have lasting negative social, emotional, and educational effects. For schools, or any environment that serves children, to be truly trauma-informed, they must address three crucial areas: safety, connection, and emotional and behavioral regulation. This article, which is excerpted from…
Descriptors: Trauma, Safety, Stress Variables, Experience
Turney, Kristin – American Educator, 2019
The incarceration rate in the United States has increased dramatically in the past half century. In 1970, about 100 out of every 100,000 individuals in the United States were confined in prison. Today, that number is five times as large, with nearly 500 out of every 100,000 individuals confined in prison. Currently, an estimated 2.7 million…
Descriptors: Institutionalized Persons, Parents, Correctional Institutions, Children
Murphey, David; Sacks, Vanessa – American Educator, 2019
Adverse childhood experiences (typically referred to as ACEs) are potentially traumatic experiences and events, ranging from abuse and neglect to parental incarceration. A growing body of research has made it increasingly apparent that ACEs are a critical public health issue that can have negative, lasting effects on health and well-being in…
Descriptors: Trauma, Student Behavior, Student Needs, Stress Variables
Hermann-Wilmarth, Jill M.; Ryan, Caitlin L. – American Educator, 2019
As queer-identified women and former elementary school teachers who now work in universities as teacher educators, the authors spent the past decade developing a range of approaches to help elementary school teachers integrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ)-inclusive practices into their teaching: "expanding…
Descriptors: LGBTQ People, Gender Issues, Sexuality, Elementary Education
Vitucci, Robin; Brown, Marjorie – American Educator, 2019
Teacher leadership is vital to student success, with research finding positive connections between student achievement and teacher leadership and collaboration. While teacher leadership is certainly not a new idea, it is increasingly important in the nation's current climate to ensure students are taught in environments that are focused on their…
Descriptors: Teacher Leadership, Faculty Development, Unions, Educational Policy
Yenawine, Philip – American Educator, 2019
Guided looking, even done informally, has a huge impact on early childhood preparation for elementary school and is an effective way to address learning inequities. Why, therefore, does it play such a small role in schooling'? This is a question that occupied Philip Yenawine during his long career working in art museums, where the adults, once…
Descriptors: Young Children, Early Childhood Education, Child Development, Child Caregivers
Kuryla, John – American Educator, 2019
Professional educators--in the classroom, library, counseling center, or anywhere in between--share one overarching goal: ensuring all students receive the rich, well-rounded education they need to be productive, engaged citizens. In this regular feature, we explore the work of professional educators--their accomplishments and their challenges--so…
Descriptors: Teacher Leadership, Unions, Presidents, Union Members
Homayoun, Ana – American Educator, 2019
Just as social media created a new language that causes a rift in understanding between many adults and adolescents, so too has the use of technology in classrooms. The author, Ana Homayoun, an educational consultant, spends much of her time helping young people harness the power of technology to improve their organization and time-management…
Descriptors: Inservice Teacher Education, Middle School Teachers, Administrators, Student Attitudes
Ewing, Eve L. – American Educator, 2019
This article chronicles a community coalition's efforts to revitalize a "failing" school, the Walter H. Dyett High School in Chicago. It tells the story of one group of people fighting to keep a school open and, moreover, to see it reflect their vision for their community and their children's education. We see that this community's…
Descriptors: Community Involvement, High Schools, Activism, Social Justice
Walqui, Aída; Heritage, Margaret – American Educator, 2018
For English language learners (ELLs) to productively engage in classroom discussions that foster language development, content knowledge, and analytical practices, teachers must create a trusting classroom culture. How do we ensure that all ELLs have opportunities to productively use oral language in academic settings? And how do we ensure that…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Oral Language, Classroom Communication, Classroom Environment
August, Dianne – American Educator, 2018
In this article, the author discusses the latest research on how to effectively teach English Language Learners (ELLs). This includes seven principles from a consensus report released by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The consensus report examines what the current research is about learning English from early…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, English Language Learners, Bilingualism
Espinosa, Linda M. – American Educator, 2018
As the population of children from birth to age 5 growing up with one or more languages other than English in the home continues to grow, and as many of these children participate in early care and education (ECE) programs, teachers and support staff will need to be prepared to work with dual language learners (DLLs) and their families. Most, if…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Early Childhood Education, Bilingual Students, English (Second Language)
Ferlazzo, Larry; Sypnieski, Katie Hull – American Educator, 2018
With more than 35 years of combined experience teaching English language learners (ELLs), Larry Ferlazzo and Katie Hull Sypnieski understand how students learn. Together, they have written a series of books on the topic, and in this article they share their insights. Chief among them is that ELLs require particular instructional strategies to help…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Teaching Methods, Individualized Instruction, Student Motivation
Eaton, Annelise; Poulos, Jennifer; Stevens, Alison B.; Anderson, Janet – American Educator, 2018
The scholarly learning environment that characterizes the Mildred Avenue K-8 School, today seemed impossible five years ago, when the school was among the lowest performing in the commonwealth of Massachusetts. Between 2004 and 2013, the average tenure for a principal at the school was just 18 months, with five new principals arriving during those…
Descriptors: Teacher Leadership, Urban Schools, School Turnaround, Public Schools
Rutherford-Quach, Sara; Kuo, Annie Camey; Hsieh, Hsiaolin – American Educator, 2018
There are now powerful standards that make visible the connections among language, analytical practices, and content-area knowledge. Yet not all educators have access to adequate training, resources, or models to help them reconfigure the role of language in content-area learning, appropriately change instructional practices, and ensure all…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, English (Second Language), Language Usage, College Readiness
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